Africa Alive ‘over the moon’ as critically endangered Wild Ass born

A critically endangered Somali wild boar was born in Africa Alive – Credit: Zoological Society of East Anglia

Africa Alive Zoological Reserve celebrates the delivery of a critically endangered Somali wild ass.

Suffolk’s wildlife attraction welcomed the child on June 30, after it was born to mom Calula and father Sahib.

The Somali Wild Ass is one in every of the rarest horse species on the earth with lower than 200 mature people estimated to be left within the wild, in keeping with the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s listing of endangered species.

Graeme Williamson, head of dwelling collections on the Africa Alive Zoological Reserve, mentioned: “We are over the moon with the most recent addition to our assortment.

“These animals are sometimes underestimated and confused with a donkey with striped legs, however they are literally one in every of the rarest horses on the earth.

“Conservation applications resembling the European Endangered Species Breeding Program are extremely vital for the survival of those species, guaranteeing that the animals are genetically mated to create wholesome populations of critically endangered animals.

“Both mother and foal are doing really well and are visible in the fold – they are already getting lots of attention from our visitors!”

Mother Calula first arrived at Africa Alive in 2007 from Basel Zoo in Switzerland and has given delivery to a whole of six foals, the final born in 2019, two of which have been bred by father Sahib, who arrived on the park in 2016 from Tierpark, Berlin.

Somali Wild Ass are present in small patches of rocky deserts in northeastern Africa, and their “critically endangered” standing is the outcome of conflict, looking, and lack of habitat within the wild.

Visitors can see the uncommon Somali Wild Ass foal and see when it begins to discover its new residence on the Kessingland attraction.

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